22NTC Session Proposal

There’s a First Time for Everything… Launching a Development Department

Submitted by: Holly Richardson 🟠 | Thread Strategies


Even if it’s just the hire of one person, launching a development department is a major milestone for a nonprofit. Yet many organizations rush this crucial moment, hiring quickly and all too soon feeling the pain of poor planning. This often results in many false starts and much time wasted before fundraising finally becomes stable. But it can be easier.

In this panel, you’ll hear the experiences of two organizations that successfully built their fundraising team from the ground-up on the first try. From deciding what level to hire for, to figuring out CRM and other technology options, to managing the broad culture change that must happen, there’s an incredible amount of preparation and planning that is worth unpacking prior to posting a position for hire. You only get one first chance, and our goal is that in that first opportunity to build your team, your organization gets it right.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demystify the fundraising team-building process and its implications for the rest of your organization and budget
  • Understand how to correctly scope your first development hire for your organization’s budget, needs, and current performance
  • Take home a checklist of how to ensure your hiring process promotes a smooth transition into fundraising’s daily work

Session Type

60 minute session

Target Audience

Executive Directors, Development Directors, Board Members, Founders